Links: Mainly Weird Stuff Around the Internet

Workspace with computer, journal, books, coffee, and glasses.Welcome back! As the title suggests, this is a collection of just weird, somewhat bizarre, and unexpected gifts the internet has given us lately.

How am I? Pretty garbage. I am a sentient, wet Hefty bag. My bio dad passed away Friday morning (non-Covid related), but it’s been a whole thing since I made the decision to put him in hospice in June. The hits just keep coming this year, don’t they.

Oddly enough, I’ve been more motivated to read than I have in the past four months. Maybe grief has dislodged something. Who knows!

There is a YouTube channel called Fingering Things. It’s just short clips of someone giving the middle finger to various objects. Hate ketchup? It gets the finger. Tired of doing laundry? Give it the finger.

Enjoy this video of a dude cracking two whips to the song “Cotton Eye Joe.”

Michael Reeves on YouTube is essentially a mad scientist with an engineering degree who makes chairs that tase you if you can’t find Waldo in a specified time. One of my favorite robotic creations he’s made is a GODDAMN SURGERY ROBOT!

Ever wanted to read a deep dive about LEGO interface panels? Well you’re in luck!

One of my favorite beauty and comedy YouTubers is Jaime French, who used some impressive green screen magic for this one.

Don’t forget to share what super cool things you’ve seen, read, or listened to this week! And if you have anything you think we’d like to post on a future Wednesday Links, send it my way!

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  1. 1
    cayenne says:
    23+

    So sorry for your loss, Amanda <3

  2. 2
    DiscoDollyDeb says:
    19+

    My condolences on your loss. Grief is a strange animal…don’t be surprised at anything it prompts you to do in the next few months. Take care.

  3. 3
    Darlynne says:
    22+

    The hits do seem to keep coming and grief can feel like the crazy train. This whole Pink Palace has its arms around you, Amanda. Do whatever brings you solace.

  4. 4
    Laurel says:
    10+

    Amanda, I am so sorry for your loss.

  5. 5
    Amanda says:
    33+

    The SBTB crew and my book community have been so wonderful during this time. Grieving is weird in the best of times, making it doubly weird not. Thankfully I had all the post-death details in place since June, so I don’t have to do anything but be alone with my thoughts (fun!).

  6. 6
    CLAUDIA (the other one) says:
    6+

    Sending love

  7. 7
    Jennie says:
    3+

    Wishing you peace and fond memories, Amanda.

  8. 8
    Jan says:
    3+

    So sorry for your loss, Amanda.

  9. 9
    EC Spurlock says:
    4+

    Sending sympathy and hugs, Amanda. Be kind to yourself and take your time getting back to whatever normal is now. Reading helps you distance yourself from emotion and pain until your brain is ready to deal with it, so if that’s helping you cope then by all means. We’re all here for you.

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    Laura says:
    3+

    I’m so sorry for your loss, Amanda. That is a really hard thing to go through. Sending you my condolences and most comforting thoughts as you grieve and reflect.

    Also, thank you for the video to the Australian cracking whips to the tune of Cotton-Eyed Joe. It is a gift to the world.

  11. 11
    Penny says:
    2+

    Much love Amanda <3 my spouse’s dad is in hospice (cancer) and it’s such a strange time to be navigating all of that. Take good care of yourself!

  12. 12
    LMN says:
    3+

    I am so sorry for your loss. What a rough year.

    Another link…what does everyone think of this discussion? https://www.reddit.com/r/unpopularopinion/comments/i45f9t/men_dont_enjoy_the_romance_genre_because_it/

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    Susan/DC says:
    4+

    Don’t hesitate to accept whatever help family and friends offer, and don’t be surprised if you and your emotions are a bit tender. Grief may overwhelm when you least expect it, but treat yourself kindly and with compassion, just as you’d treat a good friend in the same situation. Depending on the moment, you may need a tear-jerker book or movie that gives you an excuse to cry, or you may want a love story that gives you a reason to smile. May you get through these garbage times and find peace.

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    Collette says:
    7+

    I’m so sorry about your father. Please be gentle and take care of yourself.

    And, at the risk of being totally irreverent, I cannot be the only person who expected something even more NSFW from a video entitled “Fingering Things”.

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    Amanda says:
    4+

    @Collette: That’s the beauty of the YouTube channel. When I first found it, I thought it was just going to be some weirdo sticking his fingers in things.

  16. 16
    Kareni says:
    1+

    Amanda, my sympathies on the death of your your bio dad. I hope that memories of past happy times (and great books now) will bring you comfort in the days ahead.

  17. 17
    Antipodean Shenanigans says:
    9+

    @LMN re: the Reddit post – I think it’s clear the OP hasn’t read much romance. He seems to be focused on the stereotypes of the genre. Very few romances make the hero “perfect” and those that do are generally pretty boring.
    That being said, I would love more romances where the woman does the chasing as I enjoy that trope.

  18. 18
    Crystal F. says:
    4+

    Sending you LOTS of HUGS, Amanda.

    The same thing happened with me and art & adult coloring after my dad passed away.

  19. 19
    Susan says:
    5+

    I’m so sorry for your loss, Amanda. It sounds like you’ve had a rough time recently. I hope you are able to find things that will bring you some peace and joy until you come out on the other side.

  20. 20
    3+

    I am so, so sorry for your loss, Amanda.

  21. 21
    denise says:
    4+

    So sorry for your loss.

    The build a surgery robot reminds me of my youngest. Let’s hear it for the STEM kids.

    Just like those the STEM girls from Afghanistan who built the ventilator: https://people.com/human-interest/all-girl-robotics-team-afghanistan-debuts-low-cost-ventilator-coronavirus-patients/

  22. 22
    Escapeologist says:
    4+

    Big fluffy hugs to you Amanda! You’ve given us all so many giggles and warm fuzzies with everything you do on this site and podcast – I’m just sending some of that love back to you.

    Grief is weird, it’s messy, doesn’t stick to the nice neat 5 stages or any kind of schedule. Hope you find some moments of peace. ♡

    There’s a lovely quote from Lois McMaster Bujold in her fantasy romance Beguilement, that has helped me through some dark times. Also it’s an excellent romance.

    “Reach for lightness, bright Spark. You do not betray your sorrow to set it aside for an hour. It’ll be waiting patiently for you to pick it up again on the other side.” “How long?” “Time wears grief smooth like a river stone. The weight will always be there, but it’ll stop scraping you raw at the slightest touch. But you have to let the time flow by; you can’t rush it. We wear our hair knotted for a year for our losses, and it is not too long a while.”

  23. 23
    JenM says:
    4+

    Deepest sympathies on your loss, Amanda. I lost a close family member at the beginning of the year and have found that I just can’t process it in the midst of all this craziness. Be especially kind to yourself now and always.

    On a lighter note, the whip video brought a big smile to my face, as did Jaime/Tammy’s makeup video, so thanks for those!

  24. 24
    Lisa S says:
    3+

    Much love, Amanda <3

    And my wrists are screaming in protest at the whip guy.

  25. 25
    Miss Louisa says:
    2+

    My deepest sympathies, Amanda. Please take care and I hope you find joy in little things and some peace.

  26. 26
    DiscoDollyDeb says:
    5+

    I hope, given Amanda’s loss and the rightfully solemn tone of the comments here, that this link won’t be considered inappropriate, but did you see Twitter thread from Rachel Reid (author of HEATED RIVALRY, my favorite book of 2019) about running out of ways to describe a dick? If you need a laugh, some of the responses are hilarious:

    https://mobile.twitter.com/akaRachelReid/status/1290738984507838468

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    Amanda says:
    3+

    @DDD: I will never be too grief-stricken for dick content.

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